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A 14-year-old who was chained inside a room by her parents, has been set free after one month. According to reports, the girl identified as Onyeka John, had been chained to the window bars in a room, inside a house where she lives with her parents in Serebe street, Abaranje, Ikotun, Lagos state.
Onyeka who was said to have been in captivity for about a month before she was spotted by the landlord. She had been chained around her neck and legs, what was her offence? she was always trying to run away from home. They said she had some type of mental illness.
According to Punch Metro, the landlord, Mr Oladapo Olubajo, had gone to check a pumping machine at the back of the house, when he saw Onyeka locked in the apartment. He called out to another tenant who then reported the case to the police at the Ikotun police division, where Onyeka’s parents were invited to make their statements.
The tenant who spoke in anonymity said:
“The parents locked the girl up. She is about 14 years old. She was chained naked to the burglary inside the room by the neck and legs. Policemen came to rescue the girl. Her parents later turned themselves in at the station. They said the girl had been a disgrace to the family.”
The Landlord, Olubajo, said:
“When I saw her chained to the burglar-proof bar, I raised the alarm. The police later got the parents to the station and interrogated them. The girl said she had been there for almost one month. Her parents moved here a year ago. I have noticed that their behaviour was odd, but I didn’t know they could go to the extent of chaining the ir daughter.
People begged me and the police eventually released the girl to them yesterday (Wednesday). The conclusion we reached is that I want them out of my house. They also claimed the girl is mentally ill. Even if she is mentally challenged, was that the right way to go about it? She could have killed herself.”
Speaking to Punch, Onyeka’s father said:
“She always runs away from home. That was why we chained her. I think she is mentally ill. We planned to take her to a hospital this month. As I speak now, she has fled home again.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, while confirming that the case was under investigation, said:
“The lady is suffering from mental illness. Her parents chained her to prevent her from entering the street, and without intention to harm her.”